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IT will be a case of blood, sweat and gears when a professional cycle race returns to Durham City.

The historic cathedral city is one of 11 venues around the country that have been chosen to host the Cycling Tour Series .

The event will take place on Thursday May 16 at 7pm.

Riders will compete over a route starting and finishing at Durham School and taking in Margery Lane, Crossgate Bank, South Street and Grove Street.

A Durham County Council spokesman said: “The Durham leg of the race, which takes in steep hills, tight turns and cobbled streets, has been described in previous years as ‘purgatory’ by the cyclists taking part.

“During the Tour Series the cyclists will compete across a number of rural and city centre courses, including Durham, where you are invited to come along and see the race as it passes through the city streets.”

The fifth season of The Tour Series takes place over five weeks during May and June. This will be the race’s fourth visit to Durham.

via Cyclists gearing up to race through city’s streets From Durham Times.

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The place in Upper Weardale to enjoy Coffee, Craft and a Chat.

 

A place for locals to meet-up, for passing traffic to take a break, for cyclists and walkers to get a refill, and art and craft lovers to drive to.

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Can you Ride The Beast ?

BIKE LAUNCH : At the official launch of the Durham Big Ride are (from left) Kevin Whitfield, Dave Wafer, Linda Proud, Paul Clough, Kevin Cuthbert and Andrew Ward.

ORGANISERS got on their bikes to launch a major cycle event.

The 2013 Durham Big Ride and “Beast” cycle rides will take place in September – the Durham Big Ride on September 1 and the Beast a week later.

Colin Wilkes, who has been one of the event directors since the start, said: “We are always looking at the continued growth of cycling as a great way to get fit and enjoy the Durham countryside.

“We have seen numbers grow year on year and this year, we hope, will be the same.

“We are always working hard to make each year better than the last.

“We are very much part of Durham, and the rides, although attracting people from across the North, are very much a family event for the local people.”

As in previous years, the Big Ride is geared towards families and social cycling.

The Beast, as the name suggests, is for the more experienced cyclists, with a 50-mile ride. Andrew Ward, MD of Workwear Express, based in the city, is getting behind the events.

He said: “Some friends and I did both the Big Ride and Beast last year. We had a great time, and I wanted the company to be involved with such a great Durham event.

“I will be on the line in September and hope that some of the staff will be too.”

For more information call Ed Tutty on 07947348058

via Could you ride the beast? – All News – Sunderland Echo.

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Durham Bid Ride Launch 2013

Durham Bid Ride Launch 2013

A SEVENTH annual community bike ride was launched today (Wednesday, March 13).

The Durham Big Ride will return on Sunday, September 1, with hundreds of cyclists expected to take part in three, ten and 25-mile rides starting and ending at County Hall, Durham.

The 50-mile Beast ride will follow a week later.

The event raises thousands of pounds each year for various charities.

This year’s was launched in Durham Market Place today.

Colin Wilkes, one of the organisers, said: “We are always looking at the continued growth of cycling as a great way to get fit and enjoy the Durham countryside.

“We have seen numbers grow year on year and this year, we hope, will be the same.

“We’re always working hard to make each year better than the last.

“We are very much part of Durham and the rides, although attracting people from across the North, are very much a family event for the local people.”

The event is being supported by Workwear Express and Whitfield Building Services.

Various entry fees apply. For more information, visit durhambigride.co.uk

via On starter’s orders for Durham Big Ride 2013 From The Northern Echo.

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Barnard Castle, NEW START – FINISH fro Etape Pennines and allow for greater capacity of riders. Little disappointing it’s not starting in Ushaw College again this year, was on my doorstep.

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The Marie Curie Etape Pennines sportive has a new start and finish area.

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The Etape Pennines has an additional 1,000 place for this year’s ride

Nearly 2,000 riders turned out for the event last year, taking on a challenging route of nearly 80 miles in the dramatic scenery of County Durham.

Changes made for 2013 will see the 78-mile route, which includes 2,000 metres of climbing, begin and end in Teesdale, on the outskirts of the pretty town of Barnard Castle.

Cllr Maria Plews sport and leisure chief at Durham County Council, said last year’s event had made a “significant economic impact” on the area.

“Events such as this really give us the opportunity to show visitors what our county has got to offer and hopefully many will be tempted to come back again,” she said.

A council study estimated the economic benefit to County Durham at nearly £236,000.

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